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Bulgur with Roasted Butternut Squash and Honey-Lemon Dressing


Bulgur is my new favorite grain. First, it’s delicious. Second, it’s super-healthy. And third, it’s crazy easy to cook—pour boiling water over it, cover the pot, and…voilà! It has a delicious nutty flavor, and you can add almost anything to it for a completely new dish. Here, I pair it with roasted butternut squash and a honey-lemon dressing, for a perfect tangy-sweet combo.


Roast the Butternut Squash

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Spread butternut squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender.

Prepare the Bulgur

1. In a large skillet, stirring often with a wooden spoon, toast bulgur over medium heat until aromatic, about two minutes. Transfer bulgur to a bowl.
2. Heat olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is golden brown.
3. Meanwhile, bring two cups water and one teaspoon salt to boil. Stir bulgur into the onion mixture. Add water and cover the pot. Remove bulgur from heat and let stand for 30 to 40 minutes, until the water is absorbed and bulgur is tender.
4. Add pecans, cranberries, and squash to the bulgur and gently toss.

To Serve

1. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, honey, salt, and pepper. Whisk in olive oil. Pour the dressing over the bulgur and serve warm.